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Opexa Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results And Provides Corporate Update

Opexa reported a net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 of $2,373,999, or $0.10 per share, compared with a net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2011 of $1,307,777, or $0.06 per share.

Cash and cash equivalents were $4,677,956 as of March 31, 2012, compared to $11,427,985 as of March 31, 2011.

Further details can be found in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

About Opexa

Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. is dedicated to the development of patient-specific cellular therapies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as MS. The Company’s leading T-cell therapy is a personalized cellular immunotherapy treatment that is in late stage clinical development targeting both SPMS and Relapsing Remitting MS. The T-cell therapy is derived from T-cells isolated from peripheral blood, expanded ex vivo, and reintroduced into the patients via subcutaneous injections. This process triggers a potent immune response against specific subsets of autoreactive T-cells known to attack myelin and, thereby, reduces the risk of relapse over time.

For more information visit the Opexa Therapeutics website at

Cautionary Statement Relating to Forward-Looking Information for the Purpose of "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “expects,” “believes,” “hope,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “may,” “could,” “intends,” “exploring,” “evaluating,” “progressing” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the development of the Company’s product candidate, Tovaxin, constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, without limitation, risks associated with: our capital position, the ability of the Company to enter into and benefit from a partnering arrangement for the Company's product candidate, Tovaxin, on reasonably satisfactory terms (if at all), our dependence (if partnered) on the resources and abilities of any partner for the further development of Tovaxin, our ability to compete with larger, better financed pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, new approaches to the treatment of our targeted diseases, our expectation of incurring continued losses, our uncertainty of developing a marketable product, our ability to raise additional capital to continue our treatment development programs and to undertake and complete any further clinical studies for Tovaxin, the success of our clinical trials, the efficacy of Tovaxin for any particular indication, such as for relapsing remitting MS or secondary progressive MS, our ability to develop and commercialize products, our ability to obtain required regulatory approvals, our compliance with all Food and Drug Administration regulations, our ability to obtain, maintain and protect intellectual property rights (including for Tovaxin), the risk of litigation regarding our intellectual property rights, the success of third party development and commercialization efforts with respect to products covered by intellectual property rights that the Company may license or transfer, our limited manufacturing capabilities, our dependence on third-party manufacturers, our ability to hire and retain skilled personnel, our volatile stock price, and other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We assume no obligation or undertaking to update any forward-looking statements to reflect any changes in expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. You should, however, review additional disclosures we make in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

(a development stage company)
Statements of Expenses Data:
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2012 2011
Research and development $ 1,490,097 $ 685,161
General and administrative 816,196 592,058
Depreciation and amortization   67,355     29,634  
Operating loss (2,373,648 ) (1,306,853 )
Interest income 136 211
Interest expense  


  (1,135 )
Net loss $ (2,373,999 ) $ (1,307,777 )
Basic and diluted loss per share $ (0.10 ) $ (0.06 )
Weighted average shares outstanding 23,048,488 20,955,860
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
  2012     2011  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,677,956 $ 11,427,985
Other current assets 1,005,756 113,774
Fixed assets, net 1,390,674 980,358
Total assets 7,074,386 12,522,117
Total current liabilities 2,047,601 1,060,526
Total long term liabilities - -
Total stockholders' equity 5,026,785 11,461,591

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